Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse, started purchasing trees through the National Arbor Day Foundation in February 2014. Each tree purchased represents one of our residents who have died.
The trees are planted in various forests across the United States, including Superior National Forest, Gallatin National Forest, Tahoe National Forest and Chippewa National Forest. By Arbor Day 2019, the Syracuse location had purchased 2,880 trees to be planted.
Browse the online registry below to search for recipients and donors.
The Good Samaritan Society Way Champions honored
Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse honored the volunteers, employees, caregivers and leaders that go above and beyond in living out The Good Samaritan Society Way (The GSS Way) with The GSS Way Champion Awards.
About The Good Samaritan Society Way:
Sharing God’s love in word and deed has been our organization’s mission for nearly a century. Finding new ways to share that love with those we serve, and with each other, is a daily goal embraced by our employees nationwide. We’ve named our approach for bringing our mission to life The Good Samaritan Society Way. As part of this, we’re holding ourselves accountable to live out eight profound traits that Jesus showed us: love, compassion, acceptance, joy, humility, honesty, courage and perseverance.
“When we live out these traits, and see them in others, we can experience life more fully, more lovingly and more meaningfully,” says Jill Ford, resource development and marketing director. “The Good Samaritan Society Way isn’t about being perfect, but because we choose to live more intentionally with love and compassion, it reminds us every day to look beyond ourselves, and to make the world around us a better place.”
The GSS Way Champions in all of the Society’s locations are nominated by their peers for embodying the Eight Traits and for doing an exemplary job making all those they work with and serve feel loved, valued and at peace. Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse has awarded the following four individuals with GSS Way Champion Awards:
- Volunteer Champion: Elaine Zahn
- Employee Champion: Sharon Carman
- Caregiver Champion: Deana Irwin
- Leadership Champion: Karena Cunningham
Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse is honored to be filled with people who strive to embody these traits every day. All are invited to stop by for a tour to witness and experience this love.
Work-based learning experiences
Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse collaborated with Nebraska VR, who works with schools and other organizations across the state to help students plan for the future and prepare for careers that match their skills, abilities and interests.
Diane Crouch with Nebraska VR’s Lincoln Service Office works with teachers, parents, employers and other resources on career planning. Diane partnered with Michelle Zoller at SDA Schools and they built a relationship with the dietary team at Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse. Alli Nichols started working with the dietary team in the summer of 2017 under the direction of Diane Seelhoff and Kim Bennett. Alli is a great asset who works hard and excels at interacting with residents.
Social accountability fund supports 20-year-old feeding program
Good Samaritan Society – Syracuse awarded a $1,900 Social Accountability Grant to the Syracuse Area Churches Food Pantry.
We are very blessed for the chance to give back to the Syracuse community by giving the grant to the Syracuse Food Pantry. This sustains the Good Samaritan Society mission of sharing Christ's love in word and deed." – Dianna Epp, Administrator
The Syracuse Food Pantry provides up to two weeks worth of food, up to six times a year for those in need. Requests are required to go through a church for this assistance. The pantry serves Syracuse and seven surrounding Otoe County communities.
Social accountability grants help provide start-up or continued support for projects that address basic human needs of homelessness and/or hunger in communities across the Good Samaritan Society. There were 13 projects that received first-round grants in 2017.
The pantry is totally funded by private donations from businesses, individuals, and organizations – accepting cash or food donations and purchasing items from the local grocery store to keep the money in the community. All helpers and board members are volunteers.
An estimated 380,000 pounds of food has been distributed in the last 20 years.
“The grant that the Good Samaritan Society applied for to benefit the Syracuse Area Churches Food Pantry goes a long way in helping us purchase the food we need to feed those in our area," says Cheryl Halvorsen, food pantry president. "This is another wonderful example of how the people of Syracuse and the surrounding community continue to support our efforts – each and every donation has a big impact on our success.”